BioA man crisscrosses the country, covering thousands of miles as he drives from city to city in solitude. The only voices he hears come from the car stereo; the only eyes he meets are his own in the rearview mirror. This man is Mike Doughty, former frontman of world-renowned musical mish-mashers Soul Coughing, and he's happier than he's ever been.
With his new album "Haughty Melodic", Doughty returns to the spotlight. Tracks such as "Madeline and Nine," "Grey Ghost," "Busting Up a Starbucks," "His Truth Is Marching On" and "Sunkeneyed Girl" find Doughty's unique songs rendered in fully realized form, fleshed out with the help of a full band — the first the singer has recorded with since Soul Coughing split in 2000. Among the other melodically complex and emotive tracks on the new disc are the opener "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well," the yearning "White Lexus" and the radiant "Unsingable Name." ATO Records founder Dave Matthews makes a guest appearance, trading verses with Doughty on the rousing and amusing "Tremendous Brunettes."
Haughty Melodic was recorded in Minneapolis with producer Dan Wilson. The pair recruited a number of the Twin Cities' finest musicians to contribute to the album, instilling Doughty's songs with a colorful, ornamented sound that combined the melancholy and psychedelic. Wilson sings backup and plays keyboards on many tracks. Among the album's other contributors are cellist Jane Scarpantoni, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, bassist/trombonist John Munson and N.E.R.D. drummer Eric Fawcett.